HD Background Images and Photos

Browse through our collection of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

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orange becomes yellow

Orange Becomes Yellow

remember why you started motivational poster

Remember Why You Started Motivational Poster

purple and green ink from side

Purple And Green Ink From Side

woman wanderer

Woman Wanderer

purple ink cloud with black drops

Purple Ink Cloud With Black Drops

leaf background texture

Leaf Background Texture

purple ink with green and black drops

Purple Ink With Green And Black Drops

big ocean wave under blue sky

Big Ocean Wave Under Blue Sky

white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures

mountain lake in andorra

Mountain Lake In Andorra

full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water

floating cubes on blue

Floating Cubes On Blue

sharpened pencil crayons

Sharpened Pencil Crayons

gold light through tree

Gold Light Through Tree

cherry blossom hd phone background

Cherry Blossom Hd Phone Background

sunset over black forest

Sunset Over Black Forest

green ink streams on white

Green Ink Streams On White

balance scale tilted right

Balance Scale Tilted Right

woman silhouette sunset

Woman Silhouette Sunset

greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background

octopus tentacle

Octopus Tentacle

waves crash on rocks and sand

Waves Crash On Rocks And Sand

tall trees taller cliff

Tall Trees Taller Cliff

pink plane wing

Pink Plane Wing

brick wall with graphic street art

Brick Wall With Graphic Street Art

brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape

pink spring blossoms

Pink Spring Blossoms

starry night sky from below trees

Starry Night Sky From Below Trees

spiral staircase from above

Spiral Staircase From Above

toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline

dew on forrest branches in sunlight

Dew On Forrest Branches In Sunlight

red green pepper pile

Red Green Pepper Pile

long grass growing in city

Long Grass Growing In City

kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock

tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat

microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand

ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach

tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset

feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff

lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset

bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings

boat on water iphone wallpaper

Boat On Water iPhone Wallpaper

a secluded beach surrounded by cliffs

A Secluded Beach Surrounded By Cliffs

stackable chips in lines

Stackable Chips In Lines

leafy plant on white wall

Leafy Plant On White Wall

mother day background

Mother Day Background

flamingo in pond

Flamingo In Pond

mountain peak through trees

Mountain Peak Through Trees

spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.